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    Unhappy Material Editor

    I've been changing at the office all to Revit Architecture 2013,
    but I have found an issue with the new way things work.
    for example:
    the new Material Editor is been very complicated, after a couple of years using revit, now is a challenge to find how to do "stuff"
    its like learning again...
    so big, so many options, ....
    well I'll spend some more hours then...
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    Here's a pretty decent explanation
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    The new materials UI is indeed very complicated with now a lot more clicks to get things done. It is also now a lot harder to exclude OOTB materials from your material library.

    It is, imho, a retrograde step which ultimately makes us less efficient that we are currently when using 2012. And, notwithstanding the extra thermal info which is now within the asset, which no doubt add a level of complexity, hopefully the factory will amend this and re tool the UI so that it is at least as efficient as the current one, and will do so sooner rather than later.

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    @ ciff ...thanks !!
    what a fast answer...
    fantastic !

    @ Ian ... your right...
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    Yep....I was just the messenger!

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    The new material editor is total damn junk. The only saving grace is you can make some MINOR changes to it, that at least make it look ALMOST like 2012. Then, you can take that MaterialUIcongif.xml, and put it in your deployment so that all of your end users dont have to see that bag of **** that got released.

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    Then, you can take that MaterialUIcongif.xml, and put it in your deployment so that all of your end users dont have to see that bag of **** that got released.
    Care to share?

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    Id be more than happy too. But ive got my mobile workstation on home, and the test box with R2013 on it is at the office, so ill post my version of the file if i remember, on Monday.

    But you can make the edits to the file by simply installing revit, and editing the UI of the material editor. They are VERY simple edits.

    1. I personally wanted both material lists (top left, and bottom left), to be Text Only. This gets rid of any rendered appearance swatch, and it makes the list tighter, so you can read more without scrolling.

    2. Then i just open both "halfs" of it as much as i can on the screen, and make sure theyre right next to each other, like the 2012 version.

    3. Then search your computer for MaterialUIconfig.xml.

    4. Then create your deployment, and youll find the same file in the UserDataCache. Replace it with your version. Now thats what everyone will get. Its not FANTASTIC, its not even AS "okay" as 2012. Certainly not as good as 2011. But, its better than having 300 rendered swatches on the UI.

    Then, if you want to vaporize the Junk Autodesk Materials, there are two files on your computer you can replace to make the Autodesk materials go away. Ill post up more on Monday, if Gordon doesnt get to it first, since i dont have the computer here.

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    @ Twiceroadsfool: HA HA

    @ others: I've been "learning" the hard way.... but at the end... I know we will have to do it that way (no options)... so.....learn....it


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